• Dionne Warwick knows her way to San Jose

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song. But after the iconic singer recorded "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" and the song became a huge hit, the 73-year old singer says with a laugh that she "cried all the way to the bank." The catchy tune penned by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David would become her biggest international seller and won Warwick her first Grammy Award in 1968. This week, Warwick is heading back to San Jose to be dubbed the city's "global ambassador of goodwill." She'll sing that song, as part of a Sister Cities International conference, on Friday.

  • Atlantic City hosts free Blake Shelton concert

    Updated: 53 min ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than 60,000 fans are rocking to a free Blake Shelton concert on the Atlantic City beach. The country music star and judge on the TV's "The Voice" was performing on a stage near The Pier at Caesars Thursday. Those who don't have tickets can still hear the concert on the boardwalk or out on a boat. The concert is presented by The Atlantic City Alliance and its "Do AC" promotional campaign, and will be produced by Live Nation. The concert is the latest in a series of free, large-scale events to attract visitors to Atlantic City. Jimmy Buffet drew 50,000 fans to a free concert on the beach last year. Lady Antebellum will headline a free beach show on Sunday.

  • Russell Simmons, LL Cool J visit youth at NYC jail

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. The two visited Rikers Island on Thursday to mark the launch of a national anti-violence program from Simmons' RushCard, a prepaid debit card. RushCard's Keep the Peace initiative is giving grants to neighborhood organizations. One of those is LIFE Camp, an organization that works with young people, including those at Rikers, to reduce violence. Deputy Warden Clement Glenn says partnering with programs like LIFE Camp is among the ways the Department of Correction tries to get young people to change their behavior. Simmons and Cool J told the youth to beli

  • Californians to see increase in health plan costs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the proposed rates suggest the state has been able to slow down health care costs while reducing the number of uninsured as the exchange enters its second enrollment year under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. "It's good news for Californians, it's good news for the Affordable Care Act," Lee said. Covered California enrolled 1.4 million people during its first year. The next sign-up period will

  • Elvis' guitar donor says he is rightful owner

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had the right to give it away because he owned it. The instrument's fate is now in the hands of a federal judge in South Dakota tasked with determining whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to the National Music Museum last year along with a guitar made for Johnny Cash, one of Bob Dylan's harmonicas and other objects. The museum, located in Vermillion, South Dakota, insisted in a federal lawsuit last week that it is the legal owner of the broken Martin D-35, which "The King" played during his 1977

  • Usher 'overwhelmed' by supporters of foundation

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    ATLANTA (AP) — R&B singer Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon. Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Tony-winning director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's luncheon Thursday in downtown Atlanta. "This is a passion fuel for me," Usher said. "All I wanted to do is inspired them. I was probably more intimidated by them than they were of me when we first started." An auction was held during the ceremony, raising more than $98,000 for the youth development organization founded by the Grammy-winning singer. The goal of New Look has been to educate young people to speak in public, make

  • Matthew Knowles Teaching College Course On How To Be the Next Beyonce

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    So this is happening, Beyonce's own father and former manager Matthew Knowles is offering a crash college course on how to achieve Beyonce-like success in the music industry.

  • Correction: Obit-Robert Drew story

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    In a story July 30 about the death of filmmaker Robert Drew, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Drew was shot down in Germany during World War II. He was shot down in Italy. A corrected version of the story is below: Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90 Cinema verite, documentary pioneer Robert Drew, whose credits include 'Primary,' dies at 90 By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.

  • Sharknado 2 Bites Back with Huge Ratings and Breaks Twitter Records!

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    Apparently people just can't get enough of tornadoes filled with sharks. Syfy's highly anticipated summer movie, Sharknado 2: The Second One, took a huge bite out of the ratings Wednesday night, and set a new record for the network. The sequel, sucked in an impressive 3.9 million viewers into their vortex of sharks, chainsaws, and uber cheesy lines—making it Syfy's most watched original movie ever. These numbers are up 180 percent versus last summer's premiere of the original Sharknado, which scored an audience of 1.4 million. Continue reading...

  • Keith Urban Breaks Silence on Alleged Concert Rape

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    Keith Urban is sending "hearts and prayers" out to his Boston concert-goers. The country singer has broken his silence surrounding the ill-fated concert in Massachusetts last weekend. First, reports surfaced that many patrons were hospitalized, arrested and/or treated for alcohol-related issues at his show on Saturday. Later, it was revealed that an 18-year-old male had been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old female on the lawn of the Xfinity Center venue. Urban penned a personal note on his webpage Thursday expressing his "horror" at the reported series of events. Continue reading...

  • 'Godfather of Makeup' Dick Smith dead at 92

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92. Smith, the first makeup artist to win an Academy Award for lifetime achievement, died Wednesday night in California of natural causes. His death was confirmed to The Associated Press by the president of the Make-up Artists and Hairstylists Guild, Sue Cabral-Ebert, who declined to give further details. "Our lives have been blessed by our father's steadfast love and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind words in remembrance of him," Smith's so

  • 5 Seconds of Summer Unveils Highly Anticipated 'Amnesia' Video

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    Another day, another 5 Seconds of Summer headline. The pop punk rockers have finally unveiled the music video for their latest single "Amnesia" and it's the perfect balance of sentimental and goofy fun. Take a look for yourself. Continue reading...

  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy Explains Why He's No Longer Friends with Kirstie Alley

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 34, and Kirstie Alley, 63, formed a memorably close friendship during their time together on season 12 of the hit ABC show, but according to Chmerkovskiy, the two are no longer speaking. When asked by a caller during his appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Tuesday if Kirstie had ever tried to convert him to Scientology, he surprisingly admitted that the two recently had a fallout. Pic: Jennifer Lopez Spotted Out with Maksim Chmerkovskiy Continue reading...

  • 'Sharknado 2' whipped up storm of viewers, tweets

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof "Sharknado" snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night. The film, officially titled "Sharknado 2: The Second One," nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer's premiere of the original "Sharknado" film. Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that 5.5 million people saw one or more of the 581,000 tweets posted during the airing. At one point, the film held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. By comparison, 318,000 tweets about the first "Sharknado" film were posted when it premiered last July. In campy fashion, "Sharknado 2" moved the action from Los Angeles to New York City, which was besieged by its own fearsome storm of rain and falling

  • Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Daniel Radcliffe Is Wickedly Adorable In This #TBT

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    How's this to make you feel old? Harry Potter turns 34 today.

  • Katy Perry Celebrates the Good Life in Trippy 'This Is How We Do' Video

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    There is a lot going on in Katy Perry's new music video.

  • Lady Gaga: My Clothes Have a Soul and I Can See It

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    Legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld chats with Lady Gaga for Harper's Bazaar's September issue, in which the two discuss her always-talked about style and ever-evolving fashion. Surprisingly, Gaga reveals that her much-photographed street style is actually not pre-planned. Video: All About Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's Jazz Album Continue reading...

  • Robin Roberts' Alleged Stalker Arrested, ABC Reacts

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    A man believed to be homeless was arrested on Monday for allegedly stalking Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, the New York Daily News reports. According to the news source, Troy Warren, 43, visited the set of the ABC morning show several times in June, demanding to see Roberts, 53. On Monday, he was charged with fourth-degree stalking and held at the Manhattan Detention Center. "The safety and security of the entire GMA family is a priority and we are grateful for the Disney security team and their vigilance," said a rep from ABC. "We broadcast from Times Square, one of the busiest areas of Manhattan, and are lucky to have the support of NYPD in ensuring the safety of our employees and audience."

  • Grammy winner Ne-Yo: Ex-manager owes me $8M

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy winner Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1lgmBAH ) that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued one-time manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo's finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo's money without permission. It also alleges that Foster faked Ne-Yo's name on loan documents and invested Ne-Yo's money in a water company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The lawsuit seeks $4.5 million plus $3.5 million in fees that Ne-Yo, 34, says he paid Foster. The Daily News says a phone number for Foster's firm was out of service. Ne-Yo's real name is Shaffer

  • Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow to star on Broadway

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A.R. Gurney's romantic play "Love Letters" is about to hit Broadway again with some big movie stars. The two-person work, composed of letters exchanged over a lifetime between friends who grew up together, will star Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10, then Carol Burnett and Dennehy from Oct. 11 to Nov. 7, then Alan Alda and Candice Bergen from Nov. 8 to Dec. 5, then Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg from Dec. 6 to Jan. 9, and finally Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1. The show will run at the Nederlander Theatre under Gregory Mosher's direction. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It debuted on Broadway starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards in 1989.